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Kids & Probiotics: Let There Be Germs!

  
  
  
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Let’s face it; the 20th century was an unqualified success for modern medicine in drastically reducing and in some cases eradicating debilitating and fatal diseases. No one can argue that ending the scourges of terrifying conditions like polio and smallpox wasn’t a huge victory. Unfortunately, since every rose has its thorn, in our overzealous attempt to neutralize every possible germ, virus, and speck of bacteria, we have now sterilized, pasteurized, and irradiated ourselves into a hyper-clean environment in which we have to go out of our way to introduce beneficial bacteria into our bodies.

New Questions about Soy Safety

  
  
  
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While there are those out there who continue to praise soy as some kind of miracle food, evidence continues to emerge which exposes its many faults and raises questions about its safety. 

Astaxanthin for the Eyes

  
  
  
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We live in a digital age where media and screens dominate our environment and command our attention, whether we’re at school, at home, in our vehicles, in airports, or even at grocery stores. The unique niche once held by television has expanded and is now shared by computers, tablets, electronic books, video games, GPS systems, and more recently by smartphones.  The average youth spends approximately 7.5 hours each day using entertainment media, but even that seems conservative if you calculate the amount of time youths and adults spend staring at smartphones each day. In addition to the various psychological and social consequences of unbalanced screen time, the electromagnetic radiation from screens has been shown to elicit retinal oxidative stress and corneal damage.

Medium-Chain Triglycerides: Offering Up Brain-Boosting Ketones

  
  
  
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A growing body of evidence indicates that Alzheimer’s disease (AD), its precursor, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and other conditions that interfere with cognitive function, can be added to the list of “diseases of civilization” that largely result from diets and lifestyles discordant from those we are presumed to be best genetically adapted to. These debilitating conditions, which interfere with learning, memory processing, and behavior, are believed to be linked to a failure on the part of the brain to properly metabolize glucose. The evidence linking poor glucoregulation and hyperinsulinemia to cognitive impairment is so strong, in fact, that some researchers have taken to calling Alzheimer’s disease “type 3 diabetes.” 

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Selenium - The Secret Weapon for Skin Health

  
  
  
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It has often been said that the eyes are the windows into the soul. The skin also has the ability to offer glimpses into the cellular “soul,” and either radiates with a glow that speaks of health and vitality or reveals deficiencies and toxins harbored beneath its surface.

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Is it Really Acid Reflux?

  
  
  
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Let’s take a closer look at the use (or overuse) of proton pump inhibitors, and the dilemma they create by not addressing the real root of the problem. Proton pump inhibitors are often prescribed for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  GERD, whose symptoms include chest pain, chronic cough, sleep disturbances, and hoarseness, is characterized by too much stomach acid production, causing it to reflux into the esophagus. Treatment with proton pump inhibitors is used by many in order to suppress acid secretion in the stomach.

Turmeric and Women’s Health

  
  
  
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Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is a key ingredient in the making of curry (an amalgam of spices) and in traditional dishes throughout many parts of the world including India, Indonesia, China and Africa.

DIM: A Bright Light in the Fight Against Cancer

  
  
  
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Did our mothers know more than they were letting on when they told us to eat our Brussels sprouts?

Fat Facts 101

  
  
  
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With all the buzz in the popular press lately about the vindication of saturated fat and the recent publication of meticulously researched books promoting the same, now is a good time for a refresher on fats. As health care professionals, we help guide our patients toward healthy diets and lifestyles, so it’s important that we have a sufficient working knowledge of some of the phrases we pepper the conversation with, such as saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, vegetable oils, etc.

Nutrients for Sun-Damaged Skin

  
  
  
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This wonderful season of summer invokes images of beaches, picnics, camping and pools.  Nearly all of our favorite summer activities include enjoying the warm weather and the brilliant sunshine. However, summer’s coveted golden rays not only inflict more direct ultraviolet rays our way, but they target a much greater surface area as more of our skin is exposed during this season. This unfortunately results in damaged skin cells that are in dire need of nourishment and repair. 

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